dynamic, from now on in politics, at least on the right and center right, you have to do what the worst people are doing. if anybody goes up and says i'm going to filibuster, if you're not filibustering, you're not on the right anymore. this is the new litmus test. let's listen to john mccain, who has been on a couple sides of this things. he said a short time ago on fox news this. let's watch. >> they'll probably get the votes when we return from the recess unless something else -- unless another something pops up, and that's doubtful that it will. but to be honest with you, neil, it goes back to there's a lot of ill will towards senator hagel because when he was a republican, he attacked president bush mercilessly, at one point said he was the worst president since herbert hoover, said that the surge was the worst blunder since the vietnam war, which is nonsense, and was very anti his own party, and people don't forget that. >> that seems honest. let's go to senator claire mccaskill who has been tough in dealing on the armed services committee with some of the zealots. i try to find political motive. why is ted cruz, the new kid on the block, acting so ferociously? why are they doing this to a guy who is a middle-of-the-roader? i don't get it. your thoughts, senator? >> i think it's extremism.